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Corrosion: Environments and Industries

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S.D. Cramer
S.D. Cramer
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B.S. Covino, Jr.
B.S. Covino, Jr.
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ASM International
Volume
13C
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-184-9
Publication date:
2006
Book Chapter

Effect of Irradiation on Stress-Corrosion Cracking and Corrosion in Light Water Reactors

By
Gary S. Was
Gary S. Was
University of Michigan
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Jeremy Busby
Jeremy Busby
University of Michigan
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Peter L. Andresen
Peter L. Andresen
General Electric Global Research
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Published:
2006
Page range:
386 - 414
Publication history
September 27, 2006

Abstract

This article examines the understanding of persistent material changes produced in stainless alloys during light water reactor (LWR) irradiation based on the fundamentals of radiation damage and existing experimental measurements. It summarizes the overall trends and correlations for irradiation-assisted stress-corrosion cracking. The article addresses the effects of various radiation factors on corrosion. The factors include radiation-induced segregation at grain boundaries, radiation hardening, mode of deformation, radiation creep relaxation, and radiolysis. The article discusses a variety of approaches for mitigating stress-corrosion cracking in LWRs, in categories of water chemistry, operating guidelines, new alloys, design issues, and stress mitigation. It concludes with a discussion on the irradiation effects on corrosion of zirconium alloys in LWR environments.

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Gary S. Was, Jeremy Busby, Peter L. Andresen, 2006. "Effect of Irradiation on Stress-Corrosion Cracking and Corrosion in Light Water Reactors", Corrosion: Environments and Industries, S.D. Cramer, B.S. Covino, Jr.

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